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Who Controls the Past?: Problems and Possibilities for Archiving the Internet

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Who Controls the Past?: Problems and Possibilities for Archiving the Internet

I'm currently writing a book set in 2003. This involves a fair amount of research, not just into recent history, but into the culture of the time. Which means a lot of time spent in the Wayback Machine. Digital archiving is a difficult project, and writing this book has exposed me to some of these difficulties. Although some of the references in this post are dated, due to the focus/nature of the research I'm doing, the problems are not. I try to bring in contemporary examples to drive the point home. Isn't the internet forever, though? Yes and no...the internet...

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